Shade Basic is a suite of tools for curved-surface 3D modeling, animation, and rendering. Highlights include a Line Offset Tool, a redesigned text tool (works with OpenType and TrueType fonts and offers better interactive control), Least Squares Conformal Map unwrapping integrated into the Unwrap Editor, STL Import/Export (a standard format for 3D printing), polarized 3D monitor support, SketchUp 2013 Import, and more. Shade 3D is available in Basic ($99), Standard ($249), and Professional ($499) editions.
Shade 3D Basic includes 2 GB of tutorials, materials and scene data to help you get started in 3D.
Note: Users must obtain a trial license to evaluate for 30 days. See here for details.